Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Forrest Hill, began writing music while hitchhiking across the country through post-Vietnam America. He encountered plenty of suffering along the way, as well as people working to make a positive change in the world. These experiences have continued to provide him with lyrical inspiration and shaped his musical career choices throughout his life.
Growing up in Detroit, Forrest grew to love Motown, Funk and Jazz. He eventually moved to Boston and co-founded the funk rock band Judy’s Tiny Head (JTH), which released two EPs including the 1985 single My Car, a rap diatribe on material excess and the human spirit. My Car enjoyed copious amounts of air play in Boston and became a top hit on college radio. JTH went on to performed with the Violent Femmes, Run DMC, Deborah Harry, Paul Young and Aimee Mann and record with famed music producer Teddy Riley.
Forrest has just finished a new twelve song album entitled “River of Stars,” due out in May 2019. The songs incorporate cellos, horns, and background vocals by the fabulous T Sisters to give this indie folk album a lush heartfelt style.
"River of Stars" is the follow up album to last year’s ShadowLight and 2016’s Rust albums. Both albums spent over two months on the college radio music charts and garnered TV licensing agreements on TLC network, The Discovery network, The Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World” and several other venues.
Critical reviews in the indie press for ShadowLight:
“Shadowlight its more than an album, it’s a journey throughout time told through the chords of a guitar, the range of a singer and the lyrics of a songwriter…. Hill takes the best of Motown and Funk, and blends them together into memorable tunes.”
~ RJ Frometa of Vent Magazine
“ShadowLight is one of those albums where you can tell how much thought and work was put into it…. So, spread it around.... Highly recommended.”
~ Matt Jensen of Divide and Conquer
“[Forrest Hill] has crafted an album sure to appeal to those enamored with the indie folk scene. It’s full of a bold, declarative statements.”
~ Rick Jamm of JamSphere
“Forrest Hill has a truly incredible sound. He’s created a beautiful album. Any indie/folk rock fan should certainly give Shadowlight a listen…. an impressive feat.”
~ Skope Magazine
“The melodies [on ShadowLight] are pitch perfect, lingering in the mind long after the songs have ended. Reminiscent of the Fleet Foxes, everything about it simply stuns.”
~ Beach Sloth
“Everything about these tracks gives off good vibes.... OVERALL RATINGS (5/5)”
~The Ratings Game
While Forrest’s style is beholden to no single formula, his writing is influence by such artist as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Father John Misty, The Talking Heads, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Munford & Sons and others.
Forrest plans to release several singles from River of Stars before releasing the entire album in late Spring. He hopes to increase his fan base by building on his previous success on college radio, growing a larger following on Spotify, YouTube and other streaming platforms, and garnering more TV and Movie production deals.